Environment and Energy

  • The Power of Local Action for Sustainable Development: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize

    To mark its 10th anniversary, the Equator Initiative has developed detailed case studies on all 127 winning communities. This publication provides a comprehensive review and analysis of all these case studies, identifies trends and lessons learned on local best practice, and provides structured guidance for advancing community innovation in the future.

  • The Power of Local Action: Learning from Communities on the Frontlines of Sustainable Development

    The publication covers the history and scope of UNDP’s local sustainable development work, the central role of local organizations in achieving and sustaining development gains, the power of environment as a platform for rural development and local empowerment, the opportunity of localizing the MDGs, the ability for scaling to bring landscape-level transformations, and what is needed to support successful local solutions going forward.

  • User’s handbook on Solar Water Heaters

    The handbook seeks to provide organized information to users about the different technologies and equipment available, and the costs involved in installing solar water heaters.

  • Workshop on Climate Change Financing

    This report is a culmination of a one-day workshop organised in partnership with the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance that examined climate change financing mechanism across the world to better understand the implications of various proposals potentially under discussion at the international climate change negotiations for India.


UNDP is committed to promoting low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive development. We support the Government of India in meeting national development objectives along with commitments under important multilateral environment agreements. Key areas of intervention are climate change (mitigation and adaptation), sustainable natural resource management (conserving biodiversity and addressing land degradation) and integrated chemical management (phasing out of ozone depleting substances and reducing persistent organic pollutants).